Different discipline techniques work better and worse for different children, depending on their age and temperament. Try these and you’ll quickly get an idea of what works best for you and your child.
- Don’t allow your child to give you a performance. If she’s having a tantrum, check that she’s safe and then walk away and give her some room to vent her feeling. Without giving her your attention, she’s more likely to settle herself quickly and without too much fuss.
- Distract your child’s attention away from the negative behaviour by physically removing him, or introducing a different game/ toy. Or try starting a conversation about a new topic.
- Try stopping negative behaviour by getting down to her eye level and very firmly but calmly saying ‘no’.
- Use natural consequences as discipline to let your child learn that there are results or consequences to his actions - if he throws a toy out the car window, then it will be gone forever and he won’t be able to play with it anymore.
- Use logical consequences to teach him positive behaviour - if he leaves his bike out and you have to put it away, then he won't be able to ride it for the rest of the day.
- Use Time Out to reinforce desirable behaviour.
- Withhold privileges as a consequence for negative behaviours.
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